Year: 2008 – 2012

Commissoned by: V2_ Rotterdam

Pulse is a live-visualization of recent emotional expressions, written on private weblogs hosted at Weblog entries are compared to a list of emotions, which refers to Robert Plutchik’s seminal book Psychoevolutionary Theory of Emotion published in 1980. Plutchik describes eight basic human emotions in his book: joy, trust, fear, surprise, sadness, disgust, anger, and anticipation. He developed a diagram in which these eight emotions, together with their weakened and amplified counterparts, form a three dimensional cone, consisting of 24 areas. The cone is the basic form of pulse, which can enlarge in the 24 directions of the different emotions. Each time an emotion tag, or a synonym of it, is found in a recent blog entry, the shape-shifting object transforms itself in such a way that the new volume represents a piece of the overall current emotional condition of surfers on the Internet.

Developed in the Digital Media Class at the University of the Arts Berlin

Plutchik proposed the wheel of emotions in 1980 to illustrate the various relationships among emotions
Servo motors, latex object
Emotion areas according to Robert Plutchiks Psychoevolutionary Theory of Emotion
Presentation of v2008 at UdK Berlin
v2012 with spring mechanics
milled components in v2012